Summer blanket

Shell stitch crochet blanket

Spending this evening crocheting away at another blanket to sell, once I’ve managed to get started. The business side of things is very much baby steps, with a lot going on in the background.

Gold work puffin: string padding

Showing felt & strong padding for gold work

The padding for the metallic threads is finished. The white area will be silver & orange area gold.

I’ve also been thinking about the basket weave pattern for the chest, the face & beak. I have acquired some rather nice red & black metallic threads for the beak & some iridescent gold leather for the feet & iridescent silver for the cheek. I’m glad I’m sampling & working designs & stitches out for myself, with a little help from my tutors.

Luna is finished

Silk shading of Luna

After 2 & a bit years I finished stitching Luna this morning 🤗. It’s been a long journey & there have been times, I’ve nearly given up, worked on other modules, I’m so happy the stitching is complete. I now have to mount her, get my paper work done & get her in for the summer assessment period.

Gold work Puffin: phase 1 felt padding

Final felt layer

Last week was a long week, I tested positive for Covid 😤 , today I’m negative 🥳, all except for a cough 😕. So other than a bit of crocheting & hand quilting very little got done. This morning, feeling much better I finished the layers of felt padding. I have the string padding for the next stage.

Gold work puffin: the beginning


Starting a new module is always fun, although I’m still working away at finishing my silk shading, it’s at a point where things are a bit slow.

I like to think through my ideas my trying out or sampling. At this stage I kept going back to the initial design idea & revising it. Even though my tutor has agreed the design, I’m still working through my own ideas, I really don’t like blindly follow the tutors ideas, because it’s my work

Carpet felt under the wing

The design is painted on & the first bit of padding is being stitched into place. I hate carpet felt, it’s disgusting stuff; all itchy & hairy. It makes a tight mess of your fabric. Once it’s covered with a layer of felt it won’t be too bad ( I suppose)